Manoucheka Celeste is an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida with a joint appointment at the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research and the African American Studies Program. Her research centers on representational constructions of race, gender, class, and nation, and processes of identity formation, with a specific emphasis on citizenship narratives surrounding immigration, tourism, immigrants, and black women. Her regional focus is the Caribbean, particularly Haiti. Her most recent publications include her first book Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the African Diaspora: Travelling Blackness (Routledge 2017) and the article “Entertaining mobility: the racialized and gendered nation in House Hunters International” in Feminist Media Studies (2016). She holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies from the University of Washington.
What I Do: I have the privilege of working as an educator and researcher, which means that I spend most days trying to figure things out. My media/communication research interests center on what it means to belong, what people are required to do and are willing to do to belong. This idea of belonging brings me into the slippery world of citizenship. I primarily research representations of black immigrants and black women in media (the Americas and the African Diaspora), where I connect representation, citizenship and identity. My approach is interdisciplinary, trans-disciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and transnational in every sense of these words, because I find that it is often fruitful to cross boundaries in pursuit of a better understanding of our social world.
Research Areas: Cultural Studies, African Diaspora Studies, Caribbean Studies, Feminist Media Studies, Black Feminisms, Women of Color Feminisms, Feminist Cultural Studies, and combinations of these terms.
BOOK: Race Gender and Citizenship in the African Diaspora:Traveling Blackness (Routledge, 2017) http://www.amazon.com/Race-Gender-Citizenship-African-Diaspora/dp/1138912700
ARTICLE: “Entertaining Mobility: The Racialized and Gendered Nation in House Hunters International,” Feminist Media Studies, 16(5). http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rfms20#.VrwEVFLtk9Q
CHAPTER: “Black Women and US Pop Culture in the Postidentity Era: The Case of Beyoncé Knowles” will appear in Transatlantic Feminisms: Women and Gender Studies in Africa and the African Diaspora, edited by Ampofo, Rodriguez, and Tsikata.
ARTICLE: “Framing Haitians and Cubans in The New York Times: Enduring Imprints of Political History,” Journal of Haitian Studies.